Date lodged: 20 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce alcohol consumption among middle-aged people.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 29 June 2017
Alcohol misuse is not a marginal problem or restricted to one particular sector of society which is why we have adopted a whole population approach in our alcohol strategy Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action. Our strategy is well regarded internationally and contains over 40 measures to tackle alcohol misuse. Excessive daily and weekly consumption is common across different age and socio-economic groups, although we know that the greatest harm is experienced by those who live in the most deprived areas. There is no doubt that a key factor in alcohol related harm is affordability. This is why minimum unit pricing is such an important part of our package of measures to tackle the availability of cheap, high strength alcohol that causes so much damage.